I came across this poem earlier this week (at the end of the movie, Act of Valor) and wanted to share it with you. There are many fine points that speak for themselves. No matter what your belief, profession, passion or vocation in life, these are words worth reflecting on. It seems that the Navy Seals have made it a bit of a creed to live by for themselves. God bless our military and the freedom we enjoy by their sacrifice. May we never take it for granted, nor dilute it away to tyrants. D.F.
Attitude toward Death
Live your life that the fear of death
can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views
and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long
and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day
when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting
or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.
Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When your time comes to die, be not like those
whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray
for a little more time to live their lives over again
in a different way.
Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
The Teaching of Tecumseh
Today is beautiful day for many reasons, not the least of which is my mother’s birthday! It is my hope and fervent prayer that she remains with us for a long, long time. We are blessed with a living saint in our midst and the world is a more wonderful place with her in it! Happy birthday, mom! With great love (and in the words of my father whenever he signs a note to her) “Always and forever!” D.F.
We have decided to drop the intro-to-music course due to lack of interest. I’m very sorry to those of you who were hoping for something different. We are going full speed ahead with voice lessons, though. Also, you will notice that a few minor renovations have been made to the site and soon we will add a “reviews” section for those who are interested in lessons but wish for more information before making a decision to contact us. Please keep checking back for more and new information. D.F.
Lately, I’ve had so many comments to this blog that it’s almost been comical. Most of them are from folks with very poor English skills. Some have nothing to do with anything on the blog, others say this blog is the best they’ve ever found and still others say they are disappointed. No specificity, or course, but what do you expect from spammers?!!! 🙂 We are still making a few adjustments to the site here. I sincerely hope you will visit often and take note. I also plan on adding some little extras to this blog that will make it a bit more relevant and helpful to people. Have a great day! 🙂 D.F.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Saint Valentine’s Day! To me, letting those you care about and love know how you feel is a year round endeavor, not just once a year. On another note, it truly amazes me how much spam flows into this blog! D.F.
Last week, I auditioned for Mobile Opera. In my humble opinion, I feel that I sang the best I ever have. I have yet to hear back from them but I was greatly encouraged. We shall see what happens. More students are entering our voice studio community! I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to share my own knowledge, love and passion for the gift of music with all these new students. Please keep an eye on the website in the coming month, or so, we have some little changes, additions and subtractions that are occurring; some already have. Whitney Houston died yesterday. I don’t know much about who she was personally but, she was very blessed with a gifted voice and she shared it with the world. It seems she was burdened with many personal demons. There, but for the grace of God, go any of us. Her’s was one of very few voices worth admiring in the pop music world. I have been praying for her and those who mourn for her as I hope you do. Life is so good and our lives are so worth living! You may never know how your tiniest gesture of kindness, or otherwise honorable expression will affect those around you. Nor will you know how far around the world that kindness and honor might reach. D.F.